Trans-New Guinea phylum


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Trans-New Guinea phylum

n
(Languages) the largest grouping of the non-Austronesian languages of Papua and New Guinea and the surrounding regions. Older term: New Guinea Macrophylum
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Membership of the Senagi Family in the Trans-New Guinea Phylum has been questioned with suggestions that these languages are more likely to be distantly related to languages of the Sepik (Steer 2005:18-9).
At present eight languages are identified for CNG; all of them belong to the Trans-New Guinea Phylum (Map 3).

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